Dr Rachel Reed

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Dr Rachel Reed


Teaching areas

  • Midwifery

Research areas

  • women's experience of birth
  • physiological birth
  • midwifery practice
  • post-partum haemorrhage
  • assisted conception and breastfeeding


Dr Rachel Reed has practised midwifery in a range of models and settings in the United Kingdom and Australia, including midwifery group practice and private practice. She has attended births in hospitals, birth centres and homes.

Rachel is committed to the promotion of physiological birth, and of women's innate ability to birth and mother. In addition, she is interested in supporting midwives to provide woman-centred, evidence based care. Her PhD thesis is 'midwifery practice during birth: rites of passage and rites of protection'. Rachel has written articles for journals, magazines and websites, and presented at many conferences and study days. Her articles have been cited in clinical guidelines and midwifery text books. Rachel is also the author of the popular MidwifeThinking blog site.

Rachel is the Discipline Leader for Midwifery.

Professional memberships

  • Homebirth Australia

Research grants

Project name


Funding body (Amount A$)

Year (Year/s of operation)

Identifying the risk: a prospective cohort study examining postpartum haemorrhage in a regional Australian health service

Kearney, L, Davenport, L, Schafer, K, Reed, R, Young, J




Exploring the relationship between assisted conception and breastfeeding outcomes: a systematic review of the literature

Barnes, M, Rowe, J, Reed, R, Brooker, L, Dunn, P, Roiko, A

USC Seed Grant


2010 - 2011

Supporting and mentoring young mothers at university

Rowe, J, Barnes, M, Reed, R and Allan, J

USC Equity Grant



Exploring experiences and associations between breastfeeding outcomes and assisted reproduction

Barnes, M, Roiko, A, Reed, R, Williams, C and Willcox, K

Queensland Nursing Council Grant



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